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"They were fantastic from start to finish. Very responsive, timely, neat and the painting itself was absolutely fabulous. Hope to use them again soon for another painting project!

-JO P.

"I had hired the contractor previously and was so satisfied with the quality and price of the work, I called
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-Robert D.

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Remodeling tip: Should painting or flooring come first?

Angie Hicks responds to a member who wants to know whether interior painting should come before or after the installation of hardwood flooring.

Interior Painting

Professional decorators say painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to dramatically change the look of a room. It's also one of the more accessible do-it-yourself projects for the homeowner, though a professional interior painting company will likely do a better and more long-lasting job.

guy repairing plaster ceiling
Plastering, Painting - Interior

Dear Angie: How important is it to repair plaster before repainting? Our ceilings have peeling paint that we’re pretty sure was caused by past water damage. Since the water problem is no longer an issue, can we simply repaint the ceilings or should we first repair any underlying plaster damage? – Sara S., Elgin, Illinois

A high-gloss paint will be very shiny and reflect more light; a matte or flat paint will not be shiny and will reflect less light. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sergio C. of El Paso, Texas)
Painting - Interior

From low luster to high gloss: Learn how to pick the style of paint that’s perfect for your project.

lovely painted room with bright rug
Painting - Interior, Remodeling - General

Dear Angie: We’re having an interior paint job done, and I’m wondering whether to pay when the work is done or as it proceeds. – Sherry S., Crystal Lake, Illinois

gray and pink paint
Painting - Interior, Interior Design & Decorating

Move over, beige. There’s a new neutral in town.

Angie's Answers


That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.


Remember, you not only have to remove the popcorn texture, but also redo the ceiling in some other texture.

Price will depend on several factors:

1) how much the contractor you choose hates removing popcorn or textured ceilings - some charge $1 or so/SF extra just because they hate it. There are even some who bid total drywall replacement cheaper than removing the popcorn, so you have to first find contractors who are happy to do that work, or your prices will be out of the realistic range

2) if the popcorn predates about 1990, then it could likely have asbestos in it, which doubles or triples the price, and in many cases uncapsulating it with a spray coating and then removing the drywall entirely is actually cheaper than all the protective measures necessary if it is scraped off. 

3) whether the popcorn is primarily gypsum and vermiculite (comes off REAL easy) or was the plaster of paris variety, which takes a fair amount of soaking to soften it enough to scrape off

4) what type of finish you are replacing it with - if a textured ceiling, slapcoat, knockdown finish or paneling, not real problem. If you want to go with a perfectly smooth ceiling (generally a bad idea as any variations in the drywall on a ceiling surface really shows up dramatically), then it will demand a lot of care in preparing the scraped surface, and a complete surface drywall compound skim coat to smooth out the scrapes and gouges from the removal process.

5) what underlying conditions are - if there is a lot of furniture to move around (should go to adjacent rooms) or cover and work around, high-quality rug or hardwood floor to super-protect or such, will drive cost up.

I have seen costs run from as low as $0.60/SF to $1.25/SF (for removal only). Generally, remove and recoat with a surface texture of some kind (anything but smooth) and paint will run you about $2.50-3.50/SF.

Now the bad news - if asbestos containing, can run from $5-10/SF. Many homeowners in that situation go the other legal route - have it encapsulated with an asbestos-rated sealant by an asbestos contractor, then paint it and leave it for the next homeowner to decide what to do about it. Some contractors encapsulate it and then put a 1/4" thick drywall layer over it - this usually looks like a disaster unless it has a VERY rough textured finish on it, because putting drywall sheet over a rough surface like popcorn invariably means a wavy surface commonly looks like a gently rolling ocean surface.

Hair spray is one of those things that is really bothersome.  We've run into this alot unfortunately.  And NOTHING we've found will actually clean it off.  The problem is that if you just paint over it, you still see shiny spots wherever the hairspray was.

Our companie's policy is to prime the area with any bonding primer.  This will seal the hairspray in and not let it affect the next coat of paint.  It would also be a good idea to lightly sand the area first.

Our recommendation for primer would be Zinsser's BIN Spray (red can) and can be bought at most paint stores or home improvement stores.  Other than that, any thing that specifically says "bonding" for a primer should be adequate enough. 
This is a good question.  However, the question makes the assumption that there is a paint that covers everything in 1 coat, which I don't believe is the case.  My recommendation is Benjamin Moore's Aura.  Now the fine print.  Aura will cover very well because it dries to approximately twice the thickness of other paints.  However, Aura says it will cover any color in never more than 2 coats, but there are exceptions to that as well, including some deep reds.  The main thing is the color change.  If the color you are using is within the same family of colors, you have a chance, we've also had pretty good success of grey covering over tan in 1 coat, but if you're making a major color change, don't expect any paint to cover perfectly in 1 coat.

Some other 1 coat coverage paints you could use would be Sherwin Williams Duration, and Behr Ultra Premium Plus.

Hope this helps! 
Without seeing the project I'm not sure exactly what is happening.  HOWEVER, I've never heard of someone "floating" over paint blisters - just logically that can't work.  If air or moisture are trapped (because that's what causes blisters) painting over them won't fix the initial problem.

I have a couple suggestions - My first would have been to contact the paint manufacturer - whether it's sherwin williams, benjamin moore, behr, etc. to see if they would send a rep out to give their recommendation.  We have done this before starting a project to get the best possible recommendation for work to be done and have found them to be very helpful in diagnosing what is currently going on and the best way to fix it.

If that doesn't work, I would call either the better business bureau or maybe the local paper if your contractor isn't willing to work through the problem with you.  Also, If your contractor warrantied the work I might re-read that to see what they cover if anything.  

My guess is that there will have to be some sort of dispute resolution process.

Hope this helps! 

Interior Painting reviews in New Bern


During the estimate Maryan helped answer all questions we had, while ensuring us that they would take care of everything. He was completely right.
Maryan, ended up with a cancellation, and was able to get in to work 3 weeks earlier than initially stated. He told me they would be there by 8 in the morning, they arrived early and ready to work by 7:30. Got to work right away, with sanding and prepping the walls. There was a lot of patching, and spackling that needed to be done. They were quick and efficient through the entire process. Final product looks great, it feels like we are in a brand new house. My wife thinks the area they worked in might be cleaner than when they started.
We will definitely be using them again.
- craig G.

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was excellent to work with and made this much easier than we could have imagined. I obtained
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' name via Angie's List and contacted him to discuss a paint job for my
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's new house.
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was very responsive and within 24 hours of my initial contact, he was able to visit the house, assess the job, and provide an estimate.
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was very informative, provided suggestions, and answered all of our questions in a very easily understandable manner. We hired
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and his painting team after meeting with 2 other painting companies because we felt they were the most professional and trustworthy company that could do a quality job within our timeline.
The painting team was professional, punctual, clean, and worked well together. They took extra steps which have resulted in this house appearing as if it is brand new! The cost was reasonable for the amount of outstanding work. We are very pleased and would highly recommend
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and his team to anyone looking for a painting company specializing in customer service.
Thank you
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and team for such a great job!
- Frances B.

Bill showed up promptly and started work immediately the next day. He did an really excellent job and the job turned out very well. He is a very neat and matched corners and where wall meets ceiling with contrasting paints.
- Joann Q.

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has done two homes for us inside and out. now he's on to my daughter's home. can't praise his work enough. he has a very good eye for design and making things POP and his work is super clean and neat. the garage was the last thing he did...and my wife is finding new things for him to do for us!
- peter S.

Everything went well, had a minor set back on the door, they fixed it and life is good. Would highly recommend
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, the actual painter. Did an outstanding job on the door..
- Heriberto G.

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called me after I selected their painting deal on Angie' list, giving me a date for the following week. I told them that I was selling my house and need the painting done sooner. Both
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and his brother came to my house that evening to talk with me. They said they could do my trim and house painting Thursday (this was Tuesday evening, Aug. 25) and I agreed. We looked at the back of the house where the siding needed to be pulled off and replaced.
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said he could do it. I knew this would be extra and would take an extra day, we agreed. I was extremely and pleasantly surprised when I arrived home from work on Wednesday and saw the siding had been replaced with a better quality wood. I talked with
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that evening and
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agreed to start the painting the next day Thursday, Aug. 27. the next morning bright and early 7AM,
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showed up and began the work, He worked until 5:30 PM and finished all of the painting, cleaned up the place when he was finished. I talked with his brother on the price and I was shocked at how inexpensive the extra work was, only 386.00 including labor and materials. I was so pleased I gave the guys a nice size tip. I would recommend
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for any type of painting, exterior, interior, staining etc. I will definitely use these great guys again if I need any painting done. GOOD JOB !!!!!!!!

- M L S.

Provided estimate in March. Paid deposit. Many delays due to other contractor work on the house. They kept in touch throughout the delays. Finally painted over the last week. I was out of town most of the time, but my neighbor observed that they worked nonstop each day. The lines around the window and door trim were perfect. We did a walk around the house and the few tiny issues were fixed immediately. I had a little water damage in my kitchen and they added that on and made it perfect in 90 minutes. Two days after, a monster thunderstorm blasted my house like a firehouse. On the first floor a large water leak occurred above recently installed sliding glass doors, on the inside of the bedroom. It seemed liked too much of a coincidence, so I asked them to inspect their recent caulking. I was out of the country, and received this email: "Hey
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, just wanted to give you an update. We inspected the slider by your master bedroom on the 1st floor and as you said the caulking is fine. We then took it a step further, got up on a ladder and inspected the windows above the master bedroom and looked down and found extreme rotted wood which had deep holes going right through it and probably down to the master, which is more than likely how the water was getting in. The best way to permanently fix this problem is to get a carpenter to come out and replace the wood or even better have the window guy replace those two windows back there on the second floor. They were both rotted really bad. However we did the best we could by patching the rotted wood areas with Bondo and putting the elastomeric waterproofing patch on them. I hope this will prevent the water from coming in. I can't guaranty it though, because there is only so much we can do with patching something that really should be replaced but it's definitely worth a shot. I am curious to know if what we did worked or not so let me know after the storm what the situation Is. I appreciate it." They didn't have to do anything, but went above and beyond at no charge. That says it all about
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- Michael K.

I was worried it would take longer than the 5 hours allotted, but the provider finished all the mudding and and extra spots in about 2 hours! I was shocked at how much faster they could do that- and the work is seamless. There are no cracks or ripples and after painting over the areas, it looks like the ceiling was always perfect - which is impressive because it was a complete mess before!
- Kathryn F.

Interior Painters in New Bern, NC

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123 Remodeling

PO Box 659

A Powerhouse Move

644 Edwardian Lane

A&A Construction

7 Onsville pl

A+ Plus Remodeling

5490 NC Highway 55 West
Cove City

A-1 House Medic



New Bern

A-1 Roofing

326 Betty Street

AAA Home Improvement

404 Hancock St

AAA Home Improvement

1916 S Main Street

Ace Builders

312 Daisy Ct
Emerald Isle

All Kine Handy Man Services

275 Atkinson Point Rd
Surf City

ARAC Roof it Forward

771 Shallowford Rd.

Asa Stanford Inc

51 Hunting Creek Dr.

Atlantic Restoration & Cleaning

265 Clay Hill Rd.
Sneads Ferry

B and B Painting

117 E. Ivybridge Dr

B/C Home Improvement

1760 Cobb rd

Barrett Enterprises

3-C Alexandria Cir
New Bern

Betts Tile

102 Scotch Bonnet Dr
Emerald Isle





Bryan Johnson Builders

7519 County Road 11

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carolina Concepts

309 Starling St

Carolina Roofing & Gutters

1423 Fountain Branch Rd
Rocky Mount

Carolina Siding & Windows

172 Ernest Gurganus Rd.


Morehead City

Cline's Contracting

200 spar Ct

Coast To Coast Painting

101 West Thomas Dr

Coastline Construction and Renovations

601 Peletier Loop Rd F34

Conner Home Improvement

175 Old Murdoch Road

Coulson Construction Inc

304 Magellan Dr
New Bern

Craines Painting

912 Oxford Dr
Morehead City

Creative Painting Service

106 Stern Road

Creative Wood Ltd.

284 Chatham St. PO Box 656

Curran Development LLC

48 Keith Circle
New Bern

Custom Construction Company LLC

PO Box 2291

Custom Pro Painting

106 Opal Ct

DB's Painting


Dependable Maintenance

PO Box 1826
Morehead City


5034 Highway 24

Down Under Faux

36 Prince Street

Drain Pro's MJNB Contracting Inc

PO Box 12191

East Ocean Contracting

207 Dame Ct

ECP Painting

120 Cherter Dr.

Elite Painting & remodeling

2294 Joe Williams Rd.

Exceptional Living Solutions LLC

1125 Corporation Parkway

Express Yourself Paint

4801 Glenwood Ave

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

George Apap Painting

1278 Route 311


PO BOX 1694
Morehead City

Gutter Glove of North Carolina LLC

9650 Strickland Rd



J & O Painting & Pressure

209 Diane Dr

Jeffrey L Garrett Builder

218 Johnson Pt Rd
New Bern

Jillian K Mitchell

304 River Bluffs drive
New Bern

L & H Painting

1149 Pomona Rd

Last Minute Labor Services

144 Lewistown Road

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Leslie's Roofing LLC

6220 Falcon Ln

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive

Morton Services

642 Sowlermanning Rd

My Home Improvements

1250 old maplehurst rd


817 Airport Rd
New Bern

Novus Construction LLC

110 Joan's Haven Drive

Perfect Coats Painting & Remodeling

8031 Goldenrain Way

Pressures On

155 golden farm rd

ProScape USA

7480 Hwy 70 E
New Bern

Quality First Painting

194 Kershaw rd.

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Ricky Dickerson Construction Company

7510 Hwy 70 East
New Bern

Seacoast Custom Colors

PO Box 1398

Shorty's Painting

118 Sagefield Dr

Signature Painting

25 Whispering Pines

Small drywall

4480 nc hwy 101

Stanley & Son Construction Co.

1901 Andrew Johnson Dr.

Statewide Roofing & Restoration

824 University Woods Dr

Straight Edge Painting

133 Ervintown Rd.

Stroud Custom Homes, Inc

3300 Hwy 70 E
New Bern

Sure Thing Contracting

2116 Colony Plaza

Swansboro Drywall and Painting



116 Shadow Brook Ln
New Bern

The ECA Company, LLC

2667 Wyse Fork Rd.



turner's renovation

107 bellwood dr.

universal painting

429 hwy 70 bettie

Wilmington Improvements

717 Ocracoke Dr.

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